Bees, wasps swarm Middle Tennessee - WKRN News 2

Bees, wasps swarm Middle Tennessee

Posted: Updated: May 06, 2014 07:26 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Many Middle Tennessee residents are concerned over what they say is a higher number of bees and wasps in the area this spring.

Nashville’s News 2 spoke with Mike Studer with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture who said they have had people reporting more wasps and bumble bees throughout the area.

According to Studer, many of the bees in the area likely carpenter bees. The insects don’t sting, but they can cause extensive damage to wood as they drill holes in wood decks, sheds, fences and barns.

Studer advised the best way to get rid of the pesky insects is to set out a trap.

Beekeeper Benny Kirby also said spraying WD-40 and plugging or puttying holes also helps kill females and their eggs.

According to Kirby, bees that are swarming in a bush or small tree, often leave within a day or so, however, those bees that enter in a hollow tree or hole in your house will need to call a professional to have the insects removed.

To get rid of wasps, Studer recommends Wasp & Hornet Spray. He also recommended it is best to spray the nests at night.

For more information on swarms of bees, visit Beekeepers of Middle Tennessee or the Tennessee Beekeepers Association or Tennessee Beekeepers Association.

For bee removal in Williamson County, call Jim Garrison at 615-330-0105 or Jay Williams at 310-990-5074.  In Davidson County, call Benny Kirby at 615-360-8051.

To purchase your own carpenter bee trap, click here.

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